2 Gorsey Place East Gillibrands Skelmersdale Lancashire

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Twinkle House - Wellness and Sensory Centre

In 2000, a group of parents felt frustrated by the lack of services available for their children with special needs. With support from their local CVS, they carried out a consultation exercise that identified that the needs were far greater than expected. To this end the group set about securing funding and premises to help fulfill their unmet need. The needs identified included early critical information about helping themselves and their children, with a fully accessible service without long referral systems, practical hands on support for their children to gain life and social skills, and to help improve their self-esteem and confidence, increase independence and attainment at school, and above all, to enhance their quality of life and that of their families and carers. Our service has operated since May 2004 and developements have been made by service users telling us what they need. Parents tell us that there is very little or no ‘practical’ help available to them; they feel that they suffer at the hands of their child/young person’s Disability or difficulty. Our aim is to help improve outcomes for these special children and young people and in turn make life better for their parents and carers.